Run Report by: Jenny DIMMICK
Photos by: Richard MASON
Published by: Emily MASON
Every parkrunner has their own story. If today was your first parkrun, you will remember this parkrunday fondly and it will hopefully be the beginning of many parkrun adventures. Our Run Director today, Sarah HILLING shared with us this morning that today was her 5th parkrun anniversary. Congratulations Sarah! On her first parkrun Sarah came in at position 148 with a time of 33:38. Sarah has now run Woodley parkrun 119 times, but very impressively has done 160 volunteer roles. Our parkrun would not run without people like Sarah. Thank you! Sarah may not know that she's managed to achieve 51 out of 60 on parkrun bingo (where you get finishing times ending in all the seconds, so 00, 01, 02 etc). She also shared that since starting parkrun she has made many new friends. That is a key part of parkrun for many and we keep coming back to see our parkrun family.
Leo FRENCH joined Sarah during the run briefing today. Leo has been part of Woodley parkrun for as long as Sarah, but until recently, he had only volunteered. He started couch to 5k as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award this year and then began parkrunning. Today was his 10th parkrun, which as a junior is something we celebrate. Leo had some heartfelt words for us all today - "Thank You for Inspiring Me". I beg to differ. I think that Leo inspires us all. Life isn't always easy for Leo, yet he always does his best. Leo has marshaled at Woodley 52 times! He has also managed the funnel, been the time keeper, tail walked, number checked and written the run report. Thank you for everything that you have done for us all Leo. You are an important part of Woodley parkrun.
19 of you were running your first Woodley parkrun today. Welcome to Cara ZEEMAN, Hannah SMITH, Salome ZEEMAN, Martin DUBAJ, Hannah AMATO, Sue CLARK, Katherine COWLEY, Petrus ZEEMAN, Leane ZEEMAN, Simon CLARK, Jake VOWELL, Niamh MCCARVILLE and Amudhan BASHYAM. We hope to see you back at Woodley parkrun soon. 59 people will be celebrating new personal bests (PBs). Well done.
4 people ran their 50th parkrun today. Congratulations! Caroline STEVENS has run 23 of her 50 parkruns at Woodley, having also run at Dinton Pastures, Reading, Bracknell, Newbury and Prospect. Andrew TALAGA is a rare breed, a Woodley passionista, meaning that he has run all of his 50 parkruns at Woodley! Wow! Julius PINTO has run at Woodley 17 times, having started his parkrun story at Reading parkrun. Krishiha SATHEESKUMAR has not only run 50 adult parkruns, but has also run 18 Junior parkruns. All her adult parkruns have been at Woodley, so she is another Woodley passionista. We look forward to seeing you all in your new red parkrun 50 tees.
Emily MASON was celebrating her 250th parkrun, a huge parkrun achievement. Well done! Of those 250 parkruns, 242 of them have been at Woodley. Emily started parkrunning in 2013, so has been a dedicated parkrunner since she began. In both 2016 and 2017, Emily ran 53 parkruns. Will she manage the same feat in 2018? She has managed to achieve parkrun bingo, on 13th January this year, at Woodley of course. During the last 5 years, Emily has done 45 volunteer roles. She has published run reports, like this one, 24 times. She has also written a run report 3 times, tail walked 7 times and much more. Thanks Emily!
A few more local milestones were achieved today. Mike DIMMICK ran his 100th Woodley parkrun. Mike is a keen parkrun tourist, having run 74 different parkun courses, including Krakow in Poland, Treviso and Milan Nord in Italy, Amager Faelled in Denmark and Bushy parkrun, Dublin and Malahide in Ireland. Mike started his parkrun career at Woodley parkrun of course, being introduced to it by his sister Juliet FENWICK. Juliet was heavily involved with Woodley parkrun virtually from when it started and was volunteering today at the end of the funnel, on finish token support. Mike has completed 80 volunteer roles himself, mainly at Woodley parkrun, and it was whilst token sorting at Woodley parkrun that he met his wife. Thanks for the doughnuts Mike!
Stuart HUMPHRIES ran his 200th Woodley parkrun today. Stuart has run 354 parkruns in total and was the parkrunner today who had run most parkruns. Stuart started parkrunning in 2009 at Reading parkrun, but has been a regular fixture at Woodley parkrun since it began in 2012. He has completed 100 volunteer roles, including taking photos 21 times, pacing 14 times and barcode scanning 11 times. Stuart has started the last 5 years off in parkrun style, running two parkruns on New Year's Day in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. What parkruns will he be running on New Year's Day in 2019?
Richard MASON ran his 300th Woodley parkrun today. Wow! Richard has run 328 parkruns in total, at 21 different events, including Livonia and Crissy Fields parkruns in the USA and Lodz in Poland. He has run more than 50 parkruns each year for the last 5 years after starting his parkrun career at Reading parkrun in 2012. Richard has also completed 79 volunteer roles and is often seen giving the first timers briefing at Woodley, which he has done an impressive 44 times!
Every single parkrunner who managed 3 laps of Woodford Park this morning should be proud of their achievements. You started your day off the best way possible. Saturday should be officially renamed parkrunday! We like to celebrate your successes and if you wish to share with us, we'd love to hear it. Why don't you write next week's run report? Or another week? If you don't fancy writing, there are many, many more ways which you can help to make Woodley parkrun as special as it is. Email into firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteering can be as much fun (if not more) than running.
And now for some results:
This week 325 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
David SAYER • Jon GREEN • Duncan G WOOD • Neil FENWICK • Juliet FENWICK • Andy BEST • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Richard MASON • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Sarah DREW • Kate PATTENDEN • Sarah HILLING • Lesley QUINN • Stan PATTENDEN • Katie PERKINS • Adam MAHONEY • Veronika ROYLE • Gia MIDDLETON • Jenny DIMMICK • Jaimee MCMILLAN • Peter GLASS • Sarah BATE • Ankush KAPOOR • Leila WOOD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:30 on 20th October 2018 (event number 320).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08%(19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,833 participants have completed 79,730 parkruns covering a total distance of 398,650 km, including 13,793 new Personal Bests.